Dubai Police Claims US And Israel Use BlackBerry For Spying

Dubai's Chief of Police has said that the threat of spying by US and Israeli security agencies is the main reason behind the country's tough stance against BlackBerry devices.

According to news agency the Associated Press, the UAE is trying the limit the use of BlackBerry devices in the country after fears of spying by Israel and the US.

The country has asked BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) to provide its security agencies with access to all encrypted data sent on its networks by 11 October, threatening to ban key BlackBerry services if it refuses to cooperate.

BlackBerry devices are used by around 500,000 locals and by many of the millions of people visiting the country for business.

Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim, the chief of police in Dubai, apart from citing espionage fears, said that the country is trying to curb the "false rumours and defamation of public figures due to the absence of surveillance" by attempting to monitor the exchange of data on BlackBerry networks.